Train performed at the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day concert on the National Mall. This year, organizers are planning a rally and a March for Science that starts near the Washington Monument  (Kyle Gustafson /For The Washington Post)

This weekend will be particularly busy in the nation’s capital, with World Bank-IMF meetings, an Earth Day rally and related celebrations, and the Caps fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Metro also resumes its weekend track work after a break for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Also remember Safetrack Surge 14 continues, affecting Metro’s Green Line with the closure of the Greenbelt and College Park stations.

Unfortunately, rainy weather may dampen enthusiasm for some of the outdoor events. The Capital Weather Gang says soaking rain is possible, particularly late Saturday afternoon and evening. Rain may also continue into Sunday.

The forecast could impact the March for Science, which starts after a rally around 2 p.m. Saturday.  It might also impact activities at the National Zoo, which is hosting family-friendly events to celebrate Earth Day, including a Conservation Scavenger Hunt and education booths for different animals.

And, the Capitals take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 of their playoff series at 7 p.m. Friday at Verizon Center. The game could mean big crowds at Gallery Place Metro station right around rush hour.

Here are more details about the various events — including the street closures related to the Earth Day march and the World Bank-International Monetary Fund meetings— that could add to your travel time this weekend.

March for Science street closures

The march, also referred to as the Earth Day March for Science Rally and Teach-Ins, will begin around 2 p.m. But participants will gather on the Mall, between 15th and 17th streets NW, starting as early as 8 a.m. Saturday. The rally begins at 10 a.m..

D.C. Police said the following streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

  • Constitution Avenue NW, from 18th Street to 14th Street NW
  • 17th Street NW, between Independence and New York avenues NW
  • 15th Street NW, between Independence and Pennsylvania avenues NW
  • Madison Drive NW, from 14th Street to 15th Street NW
  • Jefferson Drive NW, from 14th Street to 15th Street NW
  • Raul Wallenberg Place NW, from Maine Avenue to Independence Avenue NW

Motorists near the Mall also should expect rolling street closures beginning around 2 pm and lasting about an hour on Constitution Avenue NW from 18th Street NW to 3rd Street NW.

World Bank-International Monetary Fund meetings

The spring meetings of the World Bank and IMF will be held this weekend. That means extra traffic and street closings in Foggy Bottom. These streets will be closed from 6:30 p.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Saturday: 19th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue to G Street NW.

Although no roads will be closed Sunday, police said there may be parking restrictions.


The good news is that work that was scheduled on the Orange, Silver and Blue lines has been canceled and trains will operate regular weekend service during daytime hours. But SafeTrack work continues on the Green Line, as does other maintenance work on the Red Line.

Green Line. Shuttle buses replace Green Line trains between Greenbelt and Prince George’s Plaza due to SafeTrack Surge 14.  Greenbelt and College Park stations remain closed.

On Sunday, from 7 a.m. until about 2 p.m. Green Line trains will single track between Navy Yard and Anacostia to allow for an emergency response drill at Navy Yard station.

Silver Line.  Saturday and Sunday from 8 p.m. to closing, trains will operate every 15 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only. Customers traveling to/from other stations should use Orange and/or Blue line trains to complete their trip. At Ballston, transfer between Silver and Orange line trains on the same platform.

Red Line. Trains will operate every 8 to 16 minutes from 7 a.m. Saturday until closing Sunday. Trains will share a track between Grosvenor and Twinbrook where crews will be working on rail fastener and tie renewal. On Friday, from 10 p.m. through closing, trains will share a track between Dupont Circle and Van Ness .

Yellow Line. Trains will operate at regular weekend intervals between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square only.

Orange Line. Saturday and Sunday from 8 p.m. until closing, trains will share a track between McPherson Square and Smithsonian to allow for the installation of some communication cables.

Blue Line. Saturday and Sunday from 8 p.m. until closing, trains will share a track between McPherson Square and Smithsonian to allow for the installation of some communication cables.

For more details and other rail alternatives, including the bus option, use Trip Planner.